Science and Engineering

Specialised facilities

Biofuel Engine Research Facility

The Biofuel Engine Research Facility seeks to better understand and improve the workings of dual-fuel engines, to help reduce the use of fossil fuels and increase the use of renewables.

Central Analytical Research Facility

The Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF) contains state-of-the-art instruments for analysing the physical, chemical and biological properties of solids, liquids and gases. CARF includes laboratories dedicated to electron microscopy, light microscopy, X-ray analysis, analytical chemistry, particle analysis, physical and mechanical properties, environmental analysis, proteomics and genomics.

Collaborative learning spaces

The flexible rooms and spaces we've designed promote interactive teaching and learning, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Learning spaces are equipped with:

  • furniture that can be configured to suit different classes and activities
  • built-in technology that facilitates interaction between students and lecturers, such as lecterns with screen sharing capabilities and computers on wheels (COWs) for student group work.

This makes it easier for students to participate in discussions, share ideas, and ask and answer questions.

Design and Manufacturing Centre (DMC)

The Design and Manufacturing Centre provides support for both undergraduate and research clientele requiring mechanical assistance. The centre offers specialised design and precision manufacturing capabilities as well as assembly support.

Games Research and Interaction Design lab

The Games Research and Interaction Design (GRID) lab analyses people and their behaviours, particularly within engaging situations and contexts, in order to understand how people perceive, experience and interact with playful technology.

Medical Engineering laboratories

Our Medical Engineering laboratories provide specialised facilities for a number of biomedical investigations, including research related to orthopaedics, cartilage, spine and heart pump fields. These facilities are further utilised for undergraduate experiments where students undertake a range of biomedical activities.

Microgrid Facility

The Microgrid Facility aims to develop and demonstrate the next step in sharing electric energy, with a focus on creating and testing solutions to the technical issues involved in development of improved inverter control, management of voltage control and protection strategies.

Motorsport laboratory facilities

Our Motorsport laboratory facilities include a dedicated motorsport workshop with fabrication equipment, tools and networked computers to assist our students in designing, manufacturing, assembling and testing a race car for the annual Formula SAE international competition.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Facility

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) Facility is able to provide a range of NMR measurements for samples ranging from liquids to solids. The NMR spectrometers at QUT are ideally suited to chemical analysis of small molecules in liquid and gel samples and metabolomics studies. We also have the capacity to perform solid-state CP-MAS NMR measurements and micro-imaging of small samples.

Synthesis laboratory

In the synthesis laboratory, novel small organic and inorganic molecules with potential applications in medicinal chemistry, materials chemistry, supermolecular chemistry and crystal engineering are prepared and purified. It is equipped with 16 double fumehoods for carrying out chemical reactions.

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition security research laboratory

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are used to control critical infrastructure in a wide variety of industries such as water, power, transport, etc. However, such systems are engineered for reliability, rather than security, and are vulnerable to attacks via their information and communications technology subsystems. Our dedicated SCADA laboratory for experimentation with the security of such systems houses a series of control system simulators used for SCADA vulnerability and mitigation analysis.

Science and Engineering Centre

Our purpose-built Science and Engineering Centre is a pioneering research, education and community hub and a model of sustainable building design. The centre features collaborative and innovative learning and research environments.

The Cube

The Cube is one of the world's largest digital interactive learning and display spaces, with 48 multi-touch screens soaring across two storeys. Housed in our Science and Engineering Centre, The Cube is an inspiring zone of scientific exploration for the academic community, students and the general public.


General enquiries and student services

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  • Level 3, O Podium
    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD
  • Postal address:
    QUT Science and Engineering Faculty
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001